Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How Can I Prepare To Establish A Christlike Home?

Get this week's lesson here.

  • Divide the class into groups, and divide Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “For Peace at Home” among the groups. Ask the groups to study their sections of the talk, looking for descriptions or characteristics of a Christ-centered home. Invite them to share what they find by drawing pictures of what a Christ-centered home is like. What can the young women do to help their homes be more Christ-centered now? How can they prepare to establish Christ-centered homes in the future?

Here's a simple outline of a home I made for the girls to draw their pictures.  Download a copy here.

For my visual aid I had a framed picture of Joseph Franklin Brickley's "They Did Not Doubt" and shared the story of the stripling warriors.

The Book of Mormon offers important lessons to families.  The account of the stripling warriors demonstrates the power of faith as it is passed from parent to child:  "Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; . . yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God wold deliver them' (Alma 56:47).  This painting depicts a mother with her two stripling warrior sons, bidding them farewell as they leave to fight for the liberty of their people.  It represents the moment when every child must leave home and face the challenges of life.

I tried to emphasize to the girls that when they become mothers, Heavenly Father will one day be putting special spirits into their hands and trusting them to nurture their children physically as well as spiritually.  What an honor it will be to be given that trust to raise them carefully in a spiritual atmosphere.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Let Your Light So Shine

High fives for awesome mutual activities!  We had a blast with the young women!  The theme for the night was about letting the light of Christ inside of you shine for others to see.

I love this quote by Elaine S. Dalton: "Several weeks ago I stood in the celestial room of the Reno Nevada Temple.  The light streaming into that room was brilliant and was made even more so by the crystal chandelier, which reflected the light on its many carved facets into rainbows of illumination everywhere.  It took my breath away as I realized that the Savior is 'the light and the life of the world,' that it is His light we must hold up and reflect.  We are the tiny crystals that reflect His light, and in order to do that, we must be clean and free from the dust of the word..."

Each girl took a turn standing still outside in the darkness while my hubby ran around them with a lit sparkler to get these pictures.  He ended up doing A LOT of running around.  Thanks sweetie!  You are the best!  Sorry if you're sore now.

Each young woman is so beautiful and their light shines outwardly.  I know it.  I know the people around them recognize that light everyday.  And I encourage us all to seek out that light and let it shine.

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